Berry Sweet Valentine Hand Pies

Berry Sweet Valentine Hand Pies

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A homemade pie versus a box of chocolates? No contest.

There is more love in the thinnest sliver of a handcrafted pie than in a mountain of chocolate-filled cardboard boxes! And these heart-shaped little pies are so romantic and delicious that they will convince chocoholics that even Valentines Day is a good day for pie.

straw-raspberry-hand-pies-13-800pxWe decided a filling composed of two berries, strawberry and raspberry, would be appropriately red and romantic.

straw-raspberry-hand-pies-11-800px straw-raspberry-hand-pies-10-800px straw-raspberry-hand-pies-9-800pxWe picked up a set of heart shaped cookie cutters which allowed us to make these beautiful little pies.

Our filling came out more liquid-y than we would have liked it to. Next time we will probably drain off some of the juice from the berries after we thaw them. Or just keep them frozen.straw-raspberry-hand-pies-8-800px straw-raspberry-hand-pies-7-800px

In addition to making the heart shaped pies, we also made some more traditionally shaped hand pies. To make these simply roll out your dough and cut out circles using an upside down bowl and a knife. Put about 2 to 3 tablespoons of filling onto one side of the circle, being careful to keep the juices from running out to the edge of the circle. Then fold the dough over the filling and press the edges together to create a half-circle shaped pie. You can use a little water to moisten the edges of the dough where you will crimp the hand pie together, but be careful because if there is too much liquid, or the pie filling gets in there, the seal will not hold and your filling will leak out while the pie is baking.straw-raspberry-hand-pies-5-800px straw-raspberry-hand-pies-4-800px straw-raspberry-hand-pies-2-800px straw-raspberry-hand-pies-1-800px

Once out of the oven we drizzled pies of both shapes with a simple Strudel Vanilla Glaze. This brought the appearance and the taste of the pies up a notch.straw-raspberry-hand-pies-3-800px

Don’t worry too much about your pie construction. We have yet to master the hand pie technique and yet we heard nothing but good things when a group of friends quickly devoured them all.

What You Need

  • Basic Pie Dough (All Butter) – Recipe
  • Two heart-shaped cookie cutters, one large and one small
  • 2 1/2 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 5 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 1 Tbs unsalted butter, cut into about 12 pieces
  • 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice (about half a lemon’s worth of juice)
  • 1 recipe for Strudel Vanilla Glaze

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  1. Roll out dough and use the large heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut 24 large hearts. Use small heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut holes in the center of 12 of the large hearts to use for hand pie top.
  2. Chop strawberries and mix together with raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and lemon juice. Stir until ingredients are combined.
  3. Spoon out about a tablespoon of the mixture onto the center of one of the bottom hearts (without the small heart-shaped hole).
  4. Place one of the twelve small pieces of butter onto the center of the berry mixture.
  5. Use your finger to apply water around the edges of the bottom heart to help the top heart stick to it.
  6. Place the top heart piece over the filling and press the two heart-shaped pieces together firmly using the tines of a fork.
  7. Repeat steps 3 – 5, eleven more times until you have 12 heart-shaped hand pies ready to bake.
  8. Place all 12 hand pies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  9. Brush pies with water and sprinkle with sugar to help with browning.
  10. Place into 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Once cool, apply Strudel Vanilla Glaze before serving.

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